“The same medically sound arguments often marshaled against the screeching Jenny McCarthy acolytes—that vaccines protect those who can’t get vaccinated themselves via “herd immunity,” that vaccines are perfectly safe, and that preventative care is far cheaper than waiting for disaster to strike—can be applied to flu shots as well. Just because I’m a healthy adult with a strong immune system (and an aversion to doctors that borders on neurotic) doesn’t mean I’m somehow excused from this lowest common denominator of basic responsibility. But in my reckless avoidance of a simple, easy procedure, I’m not alone.”

Read the rest at VICE. “Why Are So Many of Us Avoiding the Flu Vaccine?